Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2

I became a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy as soon as the first  movie ended and Vol 2 just intensifies my love for the cast and the characters they protray.

Let me start with the man himself Peter Quill aka StarLord. Played by the handsomely talented Chris Pratt. Vol 2 picks up right where the first film left off with the Guardians working a protection job and fighting a fish-like creature. Fast forward to Peter meeting the father he has longed for. The issue of having a father for the first time in his life is what drives him and this 2ed movie to answer the question, what actually makes a family? Pratt is so good in the role bringing the right amount of humor and humanity.

Then there is Quill's team.

Rocket the raccoon who is still as unapologetic as he was in the first is just wonderful to watch. I am sure I said before but it's worth repeating that Rocket is so good one forgets he isn't really there. Voiced by Bradley Cooper the banter and relationship between Rocket and Peter is a joy to watch.

Next is Gamora, the smart, fierce, brave beauty in green. Played  by Zoe Saldana she is a being who will always stand by your side, even if you are her own sister trying to kill her (Nebula in blue played by, always Amy Pond,Karen Gillian).

Drax (Dave Bautista) is a strong man with a soft side when it comes to his friends.

With special powers new character Mantis played by Pom Klementieff is just as adorable and willing to help along with each Guardian making her a perfect addition to the gang.

And last but not least is my favorite character of them all, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel. When last we saw this living tree he sacrificed himself to save the Guardians in Vol 2 he may be smaller but just as tough. I admit my love for baby Groot has no boundaries. The way he moves around the (big) screen is true brilliance on the part of the director. As I left the dark theater and into the blinding sun all I wanted was my own little Groot sitting on my shoulder. As they could mean anything "I am Groot"  are my 3 favorite words.

Kurt Russell and Michael Rooker also star.

Once again writer and director James Gunn has made a movie that is both sweet and fun. I laughed throughout the opening credits and each scene was a blast to watch. The make-up and hair teams helped the human actors come alive while the special effects and production design teams created a wonderful on screen world. When we first see the planet Peter's father is from all there is is beauty. 

If you like the first film than
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is not to be missed. If you didn't like the first film but want to see a well made flick about what it means to be part of a family, GoG Vol 2 may not be the greatest movie ever made on the subject but it certainly is in the top ten.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Birthday Wish

My first wish is the same as every year but I had to add a 2ed wish this year

M.M. has an heart attack on the floor of the Senate and dies on the way to the hospital
at the same time
P.R. gets killed by a white male Christian with a gun in his congressional office
at the same time
Justice N.G. dies in a car accident on the way to repeal Roe v Wade
at the same time
VP M.P. dies of unknown illness in sleep
at the same time
V. Putin is found dead in home
at the same time
Ivanka, Jared, Jr, Eric, Baron and Melania are found poisoned to death around White House dinner table
at the same time
The 45th President of The Untied States is found dead from a self inflicted gun shot wound in the oval office.

or something like that.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

When it was first announced that there was going to be a live action film version of Beauty and the Beast I thought “what a cheap trick by Disney to make more money” after all we already had the 1991 animated movie and a Broadway show. Then I learned who was in the cast and my interest peaked. A couple of months after it opened in theaters I decided to see what the buzz was about.

“A tale as old as time” and a film as new as can be Beauty and the Beast is the same story as it has always been, a young girl named Belle, played by Emma Watson, feels out of place in her small France town, she avoids advances from the not so charming Gaston, played by Luke Evans and loves her father, played by Kevin Kline. It is when her father goes missing that Belle discovers him locked in a enchanted castle where almost every object is alive-A candelabra (Ewan McGregor as Lumiere), a clock (Ian McKellen as Cogsworth), a wardrobe (Andra McDonald as Madame Garderobe), her husband (Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza), a teapot (Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts) and a teacup (Nathan Mack as Chip)-and a Beast, played by Dan Stevens, who was once a Prince lives.

Although it is a story I have watched many times it never gets old and this new live action version allows old and new fans to watch the movie with new eyes. All of the original songs are there and some new ones which just add to the story. The visual effects alone make the movie worth watching. This is shown while comparing the animated original with this new film, seeing a talking candlestick in a cartoon is cute but seeing Lumiere as a more tangible object is something better altogether. A cartoon Belle taking a sip from Chip is nice but seeing an actual actress (one who has grown up on film) take a sip from the same teacup make the viewer young and old believe in magic. Then there is the Be Our Guest scene, I won’t go into details but it has always been my favorite part of the story and director Bill Condon turns the dinner into a spentacular showstopping number.

Mr. Condon and crew make Beauty and the Beast a wonderful time at the cinama. From the small town to the scary woods to the castle itself the production design is a thrill ride for the eyes. From Gaston’s uniform to Belle’s yellow ball gown the costumes hold true to the original animation. From the main characters to the ensamble the entire cast look as if they are having fun. Although I knew the ending I stilled cried but enjoyed every second, every frame and every scene of Beauty and the Beast.  

Josh Gad also stars as the loveable LeFou

Sunday, April 23, 2017

To Trump and the GOP

On the 100th day of what may end as the worst presidency in US history I would like to say--I know you hate the fact that there was once a president who happened to be black. I know you hate that he disproved your normal racist tendencies that POC can and are better and smarter than you in every way but Obama’s name is already in the history books, so as hard as you try you will not be able to whiteout everything he did for this already great country and he will be remembered long after Trump family, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are dead.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Grimm October 28 2011-March 31 2017

Every year you aired I was worried it would be your last, now that the show is actually ending it is time to say goodbye.

Grimm-you were a strange show about a man who could see creatures beneath their human face.(wesen) You started as a show about fairytales coming to life but became so much more.

Nick Burkhardt, played by David Giuntoli, you saw things that no one could see, you knew things that most did not. At first you didn’t understand your power but would eventually use what you learned about yourself and others for good and save those who needed help. You were a good man and an even better Grimm.

But let’s not forget those who stood by you side and helped you fight from beginning to end-

There was Juliette, played by Bitsie Tulloeh, a woman you loved and almost married.

Hank, played by Russell Hornsby, your partner and friend who didn’t believe in your “power” at first but was there with you on every case.

Wu, played by Reggie Lee, another cop who would become a creature himself

Rosalee, played by Bree Turner, a cute and beautiful fox-like wesen, called a Fuchsbau who ran the local spice shop and knew the most about the magical world you and her were born into.

Trubel, played by Jacqueline Toboni, a young Grimm who you would teach and help so she could be as good as you

With friends comes enemies-

There was the Adalind, played by Claire Coffee, a witch-like wesen called a Hexenbiest, who hated everything about you until she didn’t.

And for years you battled with Captain Sean Renard, played by Sasha Roiz, a magical beast called a Zauberbiest who was part of wesen royalty. His and your fight on screen was a joy to watch and became the ultimate battle between good and evil.

As much as I loved you, Nick the Grimm, and those I have already mentioned the character I loved the most was Monroe, played by Silas Weir Mitchell. A wolf-like wesen called a Blutbad who fixed clocks by day and helped Nick discover his true self and was a loyal friend who was there to lend a hand whenever one was needed. (If I could own a piece of the Grimm set I would want the door to Monroe’s cabin, it had a beautiful stained-glass picture of a wolf)

The place was Portland, Oregon. The time was 2011-2017. The show was about folklore and fairytales with many different kinds of wesen, good and evil and a police Detective named Nick who saw things most could not. Though at times Grimm was scary every episode was entertaining.

Farewell sweet Grimm. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review for The Flash “Duet”

When I first learned of a musical crossover I was like heck yeah this is a great idea. I mean if you are a TV network where half of your lineup are shows ripped from DC heroes and have a talent pool that includes Misters Barrowman, Garber and Martin and 2 Glee alumni why not add a 3rd (the wonderful and adorable Darren Criss) and have a musical extravaganza.

This week’s episode of The Flash entitled "Duet" was a lot of fun and in a plot about Barry (The Flash) and Kara (Supergirl) dreaming of being inside a movie musical everything was beautiful. As I watch I felt like the actors were having a fun day on the job. The original songs and those that weren’t were perfectly matched to the story and characters. At one point I felt pure enjoyment for in years passed as I listened to my Rent soundtrack over and over till I memorized it or watched Titanic till I memorized it or watched episode after episode of Torchwood, some of which I have memorized I never thought I would see, in my mind, Tom Collins, Mr. Andrews and Captain Jack Harkness sing one song at the same time and nothing could have been better. You could tell with their voices that Jesse L Martin, Victor Garber and John Barrowman got their start in the theater as they performed to the back roll.

I knew Grant Gustin aka The Flash himself could sing but the tap dancing was a nice surprise.

As for guest star Darren Criss as The Music Meister I have found a new favorite character and would love to see and learn more about him.

The rest of the cast were wonderful and I did not want the hour to end (I will watch it again and again)

Funny, cute and did not disappoint with a perfect song to end another great episode of The Flash

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Vampire Diaries 2009-2017

Although you jumped the shark three seasons ago I still mourn you.

Here is to the Vampires, Witches, Werewolves and humans of Mystic Falls, Virginia.
It all started with a girl named Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), an orphan who was being raised by her Aunt met new guy in town Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Elena and her friends Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham), a young up and coming witch and Caroline Forbes (Candice King) were all intrigued buy the new guy and his older brother Damon  (Ian Somerhalder). When Elena found out Stefan was a vampire turned by a women named Kathrine, who looked just like her (aka Elena's doppelganger) during the American Civil War instead of being afraid of him she fell madly in love with him and for 8 years their story would unfold.

A story of love, loss and betrayal. A story with a plethora of characters from all over the supernatural world. There was Jeremy (Steven R McQueen) Elena's younger brother who would die and come back to life only to become a demon hunter. There was Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) who was part of the most prestigious family in Mystic Falls but he would soon find out that being a member of his family wasn't all it was cracked up to be when he accidentally killed someone and unleashed a curse turning him into a werewolf. Matt Donovan the only character that stayed human throughout the series and became sheriff of the town. Enzo (Michael Malarkey) a vampire who fist appeared in 2013 as a "old friend" of Damon's. The Vampire Dairies was the first time we met the Mikealson family-Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Cole and Finn who were the original vampires and would go on to have their own series called The Originals which, in my opinion, is a far better series. Finally there was Alaric (Matt Davis) who I have to admit was my favorite character and although he wasn't anything supernatural he was a good man with good principles. He fought alongside and against the rest and was there for any who needed him, in death and life he was the one everyone could count on.

Farewell to The Vampire Dairies-To ALL who came through this crazy fun town you will be missed but will "always and forever" live on in my heart.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oscar 2017

This year, 2017, marks 20 years since I watched The Academy Awards for the first time and began to take the whole award season seriously. 20 years have gone by since Cuba Gooding Jr told Tom Cruise to “show me the money” and Gooding jumped up on the stage and accepted the Oscar for best supporting actor. I was hooked on the yearly ceremony and decided on that day that I WANTED ONE (Around the same time I started to keep my movie ticket stubs). The following year when Titanic was nominated 14 times (sharing the most nominated films honor with Ben-Hur and this year’s La La Land) I saw the film 3 times in theaters (and although movies are on digital and TV a couple of months after they hit theaters these days, I still like going to one) and enjoyed every minute of the 3 hour film. In the same year I watched the other 4 nominated films (As Good as it Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting and L.A. Confidential) before the telecast aired. Although I am not any closer to being nominated and winning today as I was back then I still want an Oscar and won’t be giving up on the dream anytime soon.

This year I have seen two of the nominated films La La Land starring the wonderful Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, a wannabe Jazz musician who falls for wannabe actress Mia played by the talented Emma Stone. A story about Hollywood itself (without the sex and violence). From the pastel colors of the sets and costumes to the light and shadows to the original music and the multiple dance numbers (large and small) La La Land is a beautifully made film. A standing ovation to Director and Writer Damien Chazelle, choreographer Mandy Moore, cinematographer Linus Sandgren and original songs by Justin Hurwitz. If you want to feel pure joy while watching a movie La La Land is the one for you.

On a more serious note (see what I did there) I also got to see Hidden Figures. A little known story of African-American women who helped get the USA into space. Fighting both sexism and racism three women working for NASA did their jobs and got their voices heard. The film stars the amazing Taraji P Henson as Kathrine Johnson, who at a young age had a love of knowledge with numbers and math that go way beyond my own and grows up to make sure the numbers are right in order to put a man in space. Janelle Monae plays Mary Jackson, who has a special ability for mechanics and wants to be a NASA engineer. Finally there is Dorothy Vaughan played by the awesome Octavia Spencer who shows NASA that black women should have the chance to rise through the ranks. All of these women must prove to themselves and their white male counterparts that they should all be equal because “here at NASA we all pee the same color”. Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, (Nominee for Moonlight) Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell also star. Hidden Figures is as wonderful as everyone says, I laughed at a few lines and cried a few times, I was mad at our country while being proud of some of its people.

If there is one thing these two films have in common is that they are strong proof as to why I love movies and why I still believe one day I will win an Oscar. I have said it before and I will say it again Hollywood and history are the two topics I know. I don’t like being around people and don’t talk much (I was voted quietest in my high school class) but then someone starts talking about a movie (or TV show) they’ve seen and I join the conversation. So when I see a film about two people trying to make their dreams come true, with the addition of song and dance, my heart is happy. When I watch a movie about a little known story out of America’s history I learn something new and that puts a smile on my face. The Academy Award celebration is my Christmas and Superbowl wrapped up in a beautiful and elaborate televised ceremony. A day when (as the say) Hollywood shines and the people who make the movies-from the loneliness PA, to the sound department, editor, screenwriter, music composer, the special effects department, cinematography, costume, hair and makeup departments, production designer, art design, to those who make documentaries and animated (short and feature length) film to the director, actors (Including supporting) and producers-it takes many people to create 2 hours of entertainment and well they may not make movies for the awards being nominated and winning is nice and the bragging rights are with you for the rest of your life.

Cheers to the nominees of the 89th annual Academy Awards. Thank you Hollywood and Thank you to the Academy. FADE TO BLACK

Friday, January 20, 2017

Forty-Five Suicide

It was 1 year, 3 months and 19 days into his Presidency.

On a Wednesday at 2:15pm all of the networks interrupted their regular schedule programing for BREAKING NEWS...White House on Lockdown

"There is an active shooter situation at The White House, at this time we have no details on any victims or who the shooter is."

"It has been two hours and no official information has come from The White House but witnesses  outside and passing by said they heard multiple gun shots"

"We are now five hours and 18 minutes into a lockdown at The White House and can report that three people have been shot including a secret service agent. No word on any fatalities”

"Nothing new since our last report but we will stay on the air for as long as the lockdown continues."

"The sun is rising on the east coast and it has been confirmed that The President was in the resident at the start of the lockdown but is now in the oval office.”

“This just in…BREAKING NEWS…We are getting reactions from inside the White House from Facebook and Twitter. There are seven people injured, one in serious condition.”

“We’ve been on the air for 24 hours”

“The first lady is in the room with the shooter. She is talking to him and trying to calm all involved.”

“The President’s youngest son was at school when the lockdown began he is now with his two adult brothers. The President’s two daughters are on lockdown at his NYC home.”

“We now go to Representative Michael Davis a Democrat from California who was with the President hours before the lockdown.”

“The President’s impeachment hearings have been postponed”

“Joining us to explain what could be happening inside the White House at this time is former FBI director Jason Maddow.”

BREAKING NEWS…”A suspicious bag has been found on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial.”

“The D.C. Police are at The Lincoln Memorial”

“Some staff, including those close to The President have been allowed to exit The White House.”

“American Airlines flight 247 has just hit Dumtp Tower in NYC”

“The President has not tweeted in 32 hours”

“We have Diana Jones, Staff Secutary to the administration on the phone…Ms. Jones are you there?”

“We are watching closely as D.C. police continue to work on the situation at The Lincoln Memorial.”

“We are now 50 hours into the lockdown at the White House and have yet to hear from The President.”

BREAKING NEWS…“The bag left at The Lincoln Memorial was a green backpack with the incials S.D. It was filled with school papers and a laptop.”

“This just in…”

“We are in the third day of White House on Lockdown.”

The screen goes to black

“All has gone silent as we wait for official word of the situation.”

“We were wrong, we were wrong all along. There was one gunshot. It was self-inflicted. We can now report… BREAKING NEWS…The President has committed suicide. The President has died. It is 1:22 pm on the east coast and if you have just turned on your TV or radio we have confirmed The 45th President of the United States is dead at 72.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

La La Land

I saw La La Land but cannot at this time write a review instead I want to see it in a theater a couple more times in hopes that what happens to Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose of Cairo happens to me while watching La La Land.